STORMY TIMES ARE TIMES OF DELIVERANCE.
The Bible says: "God is our refuge and our a very present help in the time of the the storm. Psalm 46:1
Here is some positive help and hope to hold on to for your storm.
In verse 29 of Acts 27, the writer Luke, describes what the men in the ship with the Apostle Paul had to do in order to keep the ship afloat. They were nearing land so they had to drop anchors so the ship wouldn't go aground. Verse 29 says they dropped their anchors. The first thing you must do to bring about your dceliverance is: "Get Anchored. Paul tells us they cast out four anchors to secure the ship. They anchored their ship and were still terrified, Paul was not afraid. The angel had already appeared to him and gave him assurance that none of the passengers would lose their lives. Paul was also not afraid because he was anchored deeper and he was anchored higher. His trust was in the Lord. He trusted in the Word of God. He prayed earnestly on all occasions, and he fasted in order to manifest that which he prayerd for.
When you are in turmoil you have to remember the promises of Jesus. He told his disciples in Matt.28:20, "And lo I will be with you always, even to the end of the age." Hebrews 13:5 says, "I will never fail you, I will never forsake you." When the disciples were in a storm out on the sea of Galilee, a storm suddenly arose. Jesus was not with them, but told them He would see them on the other side. The winds and waves became contrary and the disciples were afraid. But then came Jesus walking on the water, They mistook him for a ghost. But He spoke to them and said, "I am here! Don't be afraid." Then they were eager to let him in, and immediately the boat arrived at their destination."
When we are afraid, we must remember what the Scriptures teach us. We must allow Jesus to be the one to calm our storm. We must let him in the boat with us. Just because He is silent doesn't mean He is not with us. Sometimes He wants to ride along in silence to see how you will handle your storm. Will you trust him, will you pray in faith, or will your heart become overwhelmed with fear? The presence of God in our lives and in our difficult moments makes all the difference in how things will work out
The second thing you need to remember is: The promises of God are steadfast and sure. We have many promises in the Bible to attest to that fact.
We have promises of a "Brighter Day: (" Psalm 30:5
"His anger last for a moment, but his favor last a life time. Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes in the morning." LAB)
We have a promise of Deliverance in Psalm 34:19 ; "The righteous face many troubles, but the Lord rescues them from each and every one." (LAB)
We also have His promise that Everything is for our good in Romans 8:28 "And we kniow that God causes everything to work for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (LAB)
We have God's promise for dispensing His Divine Grace in 2 Corinthians 12:9, and His promise for our Ultimate Glory in Revelation 21:4. Please read these verses during you time of meditation with the Lord. God's promises are based in and ho His Word. It is pure, inspired and will stand when the world is in flames, (Psalm 119:89!) "Forever O Lord, your word stands firm in heaven." LAB)
The Providence of God: God was working out His plan in Paul's life and He is doing the same in your life and mine. It may be simple faith, but We can still believe that God is Sovereign! in verse 44 of Acts 27, we read that everyone made it safely to the shore. God is able to work it all our! he will get you and I through our storm and land us safely on the other side.
The truth is that we must Accept The Storm!! These sailors listened to Paul and ate and went on with life. there comes a time when we have to surrender to the Lord's will and allow Him to have His way in our lives. We can either bend under His hand, or he can break us. the choice is entirely ours, If a vine grows against a tree, either the winds ill force the vine closer to the trunk; or the tree will shelter the vine from the wind. You don't have to like it, but you do need to submit to God in it. 1 Peter 5:6 James 4:10).
The last part of this story has to do with Awaiting Your Deliverance! Their storm ended, and yours will too! Somewhere whether on this shore or on that shore, your storm will end. Until it does, submit to the Lord, serve the Lord and know that you are going to make, 1 Corinthians 15:58! God has never and never will lose even one of His little children!
If your sea is a little rough and shaky, I encourage you to cast you anchor upon the solid Rock and tie yourself up to Jesus right now. he already knows about what you are facing, but He wants you to depend on Him for your needs. In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right Hand there are pleasures evermore. In His presence and in your worship of the Most High, is where your storm will be conquered.
God Bless and: "DON' FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS."